Honors Student Recognition
Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship
2013 Sean Motl
Motl is one of only 62 Truman Scholars and one of only three in Texas chosen from a pool of 629 students in the U.S. to receive this award. He will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund his graduate education in public service. The Truman Foundation seeks out student leaders who will become “change agents” in public service sectors.
Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
2014 Holly Miles
Miles has received a 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will provide up to $40,000 per year for graduate studies, as well as summer internship opportunities and a guaranteed appointment as a Foreign Service Officer upon completion of her master’s degree.
Fulbright Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders
2013 Duncan Knox
Knox is one of just nine students from throughout the U.S. chosen for this four-week institute, themed “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.” He will study at Bristol University in the United Kingdom.
Venture for America Fellowship
2017 Christian Garcia
The fellowship gives students the opportunity to participate in a five-week training course this summer that will prepare them for the two-year business program they will be part of. The focus of the program is to have participants work with a startup company, and through this process, develop their own business plan for future business pursuits.
Eban Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship
2014 Maxwell Kennady
Kennady has been selected as one of six 2014 Tisdale Fellows nationally by the Fund for American Studies.
The Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship provides students with a distinctive opportunity to explore public policy affairs of critical importance in the technology sector of the economy.
Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award
2014 Joshua Logsdon
Logsdon is one of 15 students nationwide to win the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award which is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to the study of American history, and a commitment to public service and community involvement.
New York University Writers in Florence Program
2014 Jenni deBie
deBie traveled to Florence, Italy as one of a select group of U.S. undergraduate students to participate in the New York University Writers in Florence program.
An English major from Texarkana, deBie studied poetry and created her own work under the mentorship of award-winning poets Dorothea Lasky, assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Eileen Myles, professor emeritus of writing and literature at the University of California-San Diego.
Pearson Student Advisory Board
2013–2014 Maxwell Kennady
Kennady has been selected to serve on the Pearson board for one year and will begin his tenure at the Pearson Student Leadership Summit in Boston. He is one of only 12 U.S. student leaders chosen.
Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellowship
2018 Carson Jones
2017 Evelyn Burch
2016 Christian Garcia
2014 Duncan Knox
2013 Donald “Trey” Moore
National Collegiate Honors Council
2017 Emily Vidal, Third Place
Natural Sciences, “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data
2011 Yolanda Elias, First Place
Business and Computer Science Section, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression”
National Board Student Representative
2017-2019 Parker Adamson
Dennis Boe Award
This award honors the late Dr. Dennis Boe, Director of Honors at East Central Oklahoma State University. The Great Plains Honors Council sponsors the Dennis Boe Award to showcase and reward outstanding scholarly work by the honors programs students of its member institutions. Each year, 3 students are chosen from a competitive field of papers nominated by honors directors at member institutions.
2018 Gabriella “Boo” Wright: “Evolution of the Keystone Species Concept and its Usefulness”
2017 Evelyn Burch: “Evaluating the Success of NAFTA as an Instrument of Foreign Policy”
2017 Christian Garcia: “The Effect of Presidential Signaling on Stock Market Prices”
2014 Sean Motl: “Memorials Without Memories”
2013 Cassady Hossenlopp: “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR”
Great Plains Honors Council Poster Competition
2018 Emily Krause: “The Death of Chiron: Finding Peace in Assisted Suicide”
2017 Julia McDaniel: “Portrayal of Domestic Violence in Theatrical Performance”
2017 Emily Vidal: “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data
The annual Director’s Award honors the student who best represents the values of Honors Program education and has excelled in academic, research, service, and social elements of the program.
- 2018- Evelyn Burch
- 2017 - Brenna Hudson
- 2016 - Maigan Dunlap
- 2015 - Emily Perez
- 2014 - Aimee Denham and Duncan Knox
- 2013 - Sean Motl
- 2012 - Cassady Hossenlopp
- 2011 - Wills Register
- 2010 - Yolanda Fay Elias
- 2009 - Kaci Pruser
- 2008 - Jared Bird
- 2007 - Matthew Jackson
- 2006 - Lori Loomis
ASU Presidential Award Recipients
- 2017-2018 Brenna Hudson
- 2016-2017 Christian Garcia
- 2015-2016 Katie MacLeay
- 2014-2015 Aimee Denham
- 2013-2014 Sean Motl
- 2012–2013 Black McCracken
- 2011–2012 Yolanda Elias
- 2010–2011 Amanda Hill
- 2008–2009 Jason Strickland
- 2006–2007 Kristen Truett
ASU Distinguished Student Award Recipients
Courtney Shields, Archer College of Health and Human Services
Jessica Thorp, College of Arts and Humanities
Tristan Fielder, College of Science and Engineering
Brandi Washington, Archer College of Health and Human Services
Duncan Knox, College of Arts and Sciences
Tara Warren, College of Education
Adrienna Bingham, College of Arts and Sciences
Maxwell Kennady, College of Business
Aeriel Elliot, College of Health and Human Services
Anna Hall, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Wills Register, College of Sciences
Joshua Tindell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Christopher Stegall, College of Business
Matthew Jackson, College of Sciences
Lori Loomis, College of Sciences
Calinda Shely, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Mentors and emissaries serve a vital role in Honors Program recruitment and retention efforts. Mentors assist first-year students in successfully transitioning from high school into both the ASU and the Honors Program community and provide a social support system for those students. Successful mentorship translates into a cohesive Honors Program identity, creates a culture of commitment and integrity, and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Mentors represent the program at various university and community events, assist with recruiting efforts, and foster an honors learning community.
Cassandra Schultz is a 20 year old junior English major from Seminole, TX. She has a mischievous cat named Tommy and her favorite food is Mennonite pierogis. Cassandra’s favorite thing about Honors is all the opportunities to go to conferences and talk about things she’s passionate about with others who share similar interests. When asked her favorite book she answered, “This is a cruel question, but I’d have to stick with the classic Harry Potter series” and one interesting fact about her is that she was born in Mexico and still holds Mexican citizenship!
Ashton White is a 19 year old junior biology major from San Angelo, TX. In her free time, she loves to play soccer at the indoor facility in San Angelo. She also likes to read a good book, exercise, or draw and do crafty things. She has collected keychains from places she has travelled since she was young and has recently begun collecting magnets from the foreign countries she has gotten the opportunity to visit. Ashton loves how Honors allows you to connect with the Angelo State and San Angelo community. She loves the amount of opportunities we have for volunteering in events, participating in study abroads, and meeting new people who can help you succeed throughout your college career.
Danielle Hannah is a 20 year old junior nursing major from Granbury, TX. She has a miniature Schnauzer named Victor, an anerythristic corn snake named Sweetie, and two aquatic frogs. Her favorite thing about the Honors Program are all the awesome opportunities. She is currently participating in Boston University’s Summer Study Internship Program and was placed as an intern in the local area. If she could eat dinner with any three people, living or dead, they would be Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, and her nana.
Heather Hillert is a 21 year old senior biology major from Menard, TX. She grew up in Kansas so she says “Pop” instead of soda but we won’t hold that against her! If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would want to travel all over Europe because she has never been abroad and wants to see all of the history and experience all of the different cultures. Heather’s favorite thing about Honors is having a sense of community and belonging—she always jokes that she practically lives in the Honors Lounge.
Katie Dunlap is a 21 year old chemistry major from San Angelo, TX. Katie LOVES pasta and collecting postcards. She has a cat, Kali, and three dogs- Jake, Wilson, and Maroo. If Katie could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Spain because she is interested in the language spoken there, would love to hike the landscape, and would enjoy learning about the culture more. Her favorite thing about Honors is making connections with other Honors members (past and present) and traveling to and participating in conferences. In her free time Katie likes to running, reading, and watch movies.
Talon Shoemake is a 21 year old senior English major from Deweyville, TX. His favorite food is gumbo and he loves his two puppies- Percy, a cock-a-poo, and Milo, a chorkie. Talon’s favorite thing about Honors is the sense of community among students with similar attitudes about college. He spends his free time watching HGTV or political dramas with his boyfriend. Talon’s favorite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and if he were given $1000 he would start Christmas shopping because he absolutely loves Christmas and buying gifts for people. He is obsessed with Jeopardy and watches every episode when he gets home from school or work.
Chloe Frangenberg is a 20 year old nursing major from Austin, TX. She spends her free time reading, listening to music, sleeping or collecting ceramic ducks. Chloe has two precious pups, Moe and Georgia, and a kitty, Jada. She is always making other people laugh and loves the Honors Program because of the amazing people and the opportunities it offers. Her favorite books are The Awakening and Frankenstein and her favorite movie is Frances Ha. If Chloe could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, she would choose Janelle Monae, John Krasinski, and Aubrey Plaza.
The Honors Student Association (HSA) is the student-led arm of the Honors Program. HSA promotes scholarship, fellowship and diversity, and represents the Honors Program on campus and in the community. Student leaders select speakers for campus presentations on general and professional topics and organize social and service events for Honors Program students.
- President: Nathan Blair
- Vice President: Allee Nix
- Secretary: Hannah Marks
- Treasurer: Molly Burns
- Historian: Allie Denham
- Intramural Liaison: Kate Creecy
- Webmaster: Ethan Clark
Visit the Honors Student Association website for more information.